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August 28, 2015

And Then She Changed Her Mind {Family Friday}

The road to adoption was not an easy one for Chris and me – it was paved with loss and heartache, but we could have never imagined our story being anywhere close to as amazing as what God wrote for us. We made the decision to pursue adoption at the beginning of April 2014. At that point we began the process of fingerprint checks, seminar, and home study. One day at the end of July as our case worker was finalizing our home study we received a call. We were told that a birthmother had come in, and we seemed like a good match. We were asked if our profile could be shown, and of course we said yes. A couple of days later we received a call that the birthmother liked our profile and wanted to meet us. We went in to meet her and hit it off immediately. … Continue reading

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August 21, 2015

It’s About Time! {Family Friday}

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Some girls played house with their dolls, yet I enjoyed playing orphanage when I was a little girl. God placed in my heart a love for the fatherless when I was young. Before Kevin and I were married we both talked about possibly growing our family through adoption. After years of infertility we clearly saw that God was preparing our hearts for adoption. We anticipated the day when we would be called, “mommy” and “daddy.” It was only two months after completing our home study that God filled our arms with our first son, Noah. He brought so much joy and love into our home. We had yet another home study and this time learned to wait for God’s timing. We finally brought home little Nathan (Gift of God) after two years of planning, praying, and waiting. His life is a miracle and we know God chose us for each … Continue reading

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August 18, 2015

Pass It On! {Guatemala Update}

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Praising God for this update from our friends in Guatemala … 17- year-old Jessica, mother of 3-year-old Ruby, has grown leaps and bounds in her faith since coming to Village of Hope Guatemala. Jessica is heading up a stove building project in a nearby village providing stoves with quality ventilation for impoverished families. These stoves will give a greater quality of life to the families and cut back on the respiratory issues many families have with open fires in their home. Here is a kitchen that will receive a new stove in September–   It is exciting to see Jessica, who came to Village of Hope a year and a half ago, own her faith and choose to do something to help her country. Jessica knows from experience what it feels like to be a child and go to bed hungry each night–so she desires to help reach people both … Continue reading

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August 17, 2015

Riches Found on a Construction Site!

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Please enjoy this update from our friends at Construction of Hope: Man’ and ‘Nuen’ are 2 Cambodian teens who were brought to live with their parents on a construction site in Thailand. About a year ago, Man was one of a few children from the construction site who used to come to an English program we held at a local Thai church in the area on Saturdays. While we were taking Man back to the construction site after class one day, Man asked us if he could have some books. We asked him what kind of books, and he replied that any kind of book would do, because he just wanted to learn more.  After discussing possibilities with the Thai church, the pastor offered to hold Thai language classes at the church on Monday afternoons. Man and 3 other children started coming to the church to learn Thai, and, due to the students’ eagerness … Continue reading

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August 14, 2015

How an Inflatable Pool Changed 100 Lives {Honduras Update}

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                    Enjoy this update from Honduras… When the time comes around every few months to share what goes on at Arbol de Vida/Tree of Life it becomes more difficult to choose what to reflect on as we reach out and multiply the Gospel message in ways even we can’t imagine. Let’s take a look at a few examples. Spring Baptisms Held On Campus                     With approximately 100 student needing to be baptized, we decided to buy a portable swimming pool and stay on ministry grounds this year. Over the past few years each of the leaders has the privilege of baptizing their own student disciples. What a blessing to see the Gospel message bearing fruit in both leaders and students. Boys’ Dorm Additions Done                 … Continue reading

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August 13, 2015

This Blew Us Away… {Ethiopia Update}

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Praising God for His provision for our students in Ethiopia, Gary Ifft, director of Lifesong’s schools in Ethiopia shared this update with us … We have just received some really good news! All of our eighth grade students passed their national exams. Last year we had one classroom of 39 students who all passed; this year two classrooms of over 70 students passed. Not only did they pass, but they blew away the other schools. This year the government’s passing grade was 37 for girls and 39 for boys. Our lowest scoring student was 67! A 100% pass rate is not at all common. We are very proud of our students and staff for this achievement. Ethiopia Prayer Requests & Praises: Praises: 100% pass rate of 8th grade students & staff and teachers willing to teach and invest in these precious children Prayer Requests: Pray for the new school year & health … Continue reading

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August 10, 2015

Farming the Future: The Power of Sustainable Business

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When you hear the term sustainable business, what comes to mind?–green business, renewable energy, or harnessing the power of the sun? So many possibilities … and in certain discussions, these answers would be correct. Sustainable business in our context refers to businesses or enterprises that are generating revenue and profit to enable orphan care ministry. As opposed to relying on donations or support, these businesses exist as stand-alone, self-sustaining entities that accomplish 3 specific things: 1. They generate revenue to fuel orphan care projects. Sustainable businesses do not require on-going donations to stay afloat. Hard-working entrepreneurs are making shoes, weaving rugs, farming strawberries–using creative means at their disposal to harness innovative sales for eternal purposes. Luke Gudeman, who spent 4 years working in Zambia on one of Lifesong’s strawberry farms said it best– Find the right people with a head for business and a heart for ministry. 2. They provide jobs for caretakers. … Continue reading

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